International Student Reception
International Student News
February 7, 2018  |  Number 4
       
Library Opens Its Doors for International Students 
Nearly 250 international students came together for an evening that included dinner, games, prizes and plenty of fun and friendship last week. The site of the aptly named International Student Reception was the fourth floor of the Main Library. The Reception is an event which the University Libraries and the the Office of Global Education co-sponsor each semester shortly after the start of classes to welcome new and returning international students to campus. The reception also affords international students the opportunity to meet the librarians as well as to learn about the many helpful and convenient resources and services which the library has to offer international students.

From the students' perspective, the reception was a time to make new friends and connect with other international students (see above photo). The buffet-style dinner and the interactive games that followed gave the student ample opportunities to socialize in a friendly, casual atmosphere.
 
Program Extension
 
Who Needs Them and Why? 
F-1 and J-1 students are required to maintain their status by completing their program in the specified time given on either their I-20 or DS-2019. However, if the student's I-20 or DS-2019 will expire before the student graduates and the student is able to present information that more time is needed to complete his or her academic program, the student may be eligible for a Program Extension. The guidelines stipulate that a student is eligible to apply for an extension if there was a change in the academic plan, an unexpected research problem, a documented illness, or for other compelling academic issues. Do you think you might need more time to finish your academic program? Discuss your estimated graduation with your Academic Advisor and, if you do, please complete the  Program Extension Request Form. Contact an ISSS Advisor to answer any additional questions.
 
International Student Activity Fee Fund Request   

Searching for funding to plan the next great campus event? All International Student organizations are eligible to apply for funding through the International Student Activity Fee Fund Request. Grants up to $1,000 are available for events that: Promote international understanding or enhance knowledge of an international culture; facilitate interaction between two or more cultures; or enhance participation in university-wide events, such as International Education Week. 
Global Ambassadors    

Introducing Kent State's Global Ambassadors--
Global Ambassadors  This group of students are the Office of Global Education's Global Ambassadors. They work to create a welcoming environment for the newest international students. Their wealth of experience here at Kent State University make them the ideal students to get to know on campus! They are here to help as you adjust to life at Kent State by connecting you to resources on campus and offer insight to the American culture.
 
If you are a new international student or returning international student and would like to be paired with one of your Global Ambassadors, please complete the form below. Based on availability, you will be matched with one of the Global Ambassadors. Your Global Ambassador will reach out to you to set up an initial meeting and discuss the benefits of having a personal connection with the Office of Global Education.
NYC 2018: Spring Break Trip   

New York Skyline Announcing NYC 2018. Join other international students for the trip of the year - spring break in New York City. Explore the largest city in the United States with friends and advisors from the Office of Global Education. Travel by motor coach, leaving Wednesday, March 28 and returning Saturday, March 31. The cost is $200 for students assessed the International Student Activity Fee ($540 for students not assessed the fee), and includes transportation, lodging, breakfast daily, one dinner, and a 3-day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour ticket.

Trip registration will open Monday, February 12 and will remain open for two weeks (or until the trip is filled). Space is limited. The trip is open to Kent State University students only. The registration deadline is noon Tuesday, February 27. Minimum 24 students must register in order for the trip to occur.

Graduate Student Requests Your Assistance

International Doctoral student Suleyman Akeil is conducting a study investigating the relationship between cyberbullying-victimization, acculturative stress and depression. To gather data for his study, he is requesting that his fellow international students complete a short survey. Participants in the survey will have the chance to win one of four $50 Visa Gift Cards. Click on the button below to take the survey.
Take the Survey Button  
If you have any questions about this study, Mr. Akeil may be contacted by email at sakcil@kent.edu. You may also feel free to contact his faculty advisors, Dr. Marty Jencius at mjencius@kent.edu and Dr. John Rainey at jrainey@kent.edu. 
 
Your participation in this study is most sincerely appreciated.

Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours
International Student and Scholar Services

Mondays
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45

Tuesdays
9:00 to 11:30 am
Last sign in at 11:00

Wednesdays
9:00 to 11:30 am
Last sign in at 11:00
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Thursdays
No Advising
Fridays
9:00 to 11:30 am
Last sign in at 11:00


Contact Us:
Phone: 1-330-672-7980
Email:  isss@kent.edu
Campus Location:  Van Campen Hall
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Upcoming Events

February 9  |  Guest Lecturer: Merose Hwang
 
Room  206, Bowman Hall  | 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
The Kent State Korean Cultural  
Club presents guest lecturer Merose Hwang, Hiram College Professor, National Endowment for the Humanities award winner, author and historian. Her topic is the Evaluation of the North Korean Threat. All are welcome.

Jamaica Festival_ February 9
February 9  |  Jamaica Night
Kent Student Center Governance Chambers  |  5:30 pm 
The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council are hosting a Jamaican night! Learn more about Jamaica and sample food. 
 
I Heart Travel Week 2018
February 12-16  |  I Heart Travel
Week 2018
Various Campus Venues  |  see event calendar 
Make Education Abroad your Valentine this year and discover your Education Destination at one of the many study abroad informational events we have planned for I Heart Travel Week 2018. The Office of Global Education has partnered with various colleges and student organizations to provide an assortment of events to get you excited about studying abroad and expanding your world.
February 13 - OPT Workshop  
Room 018 (Lower Level), University Library |  10:00 to 11:30 am
If you are graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), join OGE's International Student & Scholar Advisors for our next OPT workshop. The workshop will cover OPT eligibility requirements, the application process, and end with a Q&A session. 
 
Brandywine Ski Trip_ February 17  
February 17 - Brandywine Ski Trip
Brandywine Ski Resort  |  8:15 am to 
5:30 pm 
Please join the Office of Global Education on our trip to the Brandywine Ski Resort. Students will spend the day experiencing Ohio's winter snow activities and learning to ski. Cost includes transportation to and from Brandywine Ski Resort, ski equipment rental, a full-day lift ticket, as well  as a one hour ski lesson for beginners.

Chinese New Year Festival_ February 17
February 17 - Chinese New Year Festival
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  7:30 to 10:30 pm
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Chinese Student Association. Join them for an evening of performances, games, food and a raffle. Your registration is requested. 
 
Career Fair_ February 22
February 22 - Internship, Co-op and Career Fair 
Student Recreation and Wellness Center  |  11:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Sponsored by the Center for Career Exploration and Development. Features a number of career-oriented workshops. 
 
Cultural Cafe_ Australia and Saudi Arabia_ February 28
February 28 - Cultural Café, Australia and Saudi Arabia 
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony  | 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Australia and Saudi Arabia as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 
 
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